With Iron Man 3 crossing the $1 billion mark at the box office today, Marvel is currently enjoying its status at the top of the superhero movie food chain. The studio has a full slate of films hitting theaters over the next couple of years as part of its Phase Two plans, culminating in The Avengers 2 in 2015. However, even with the prospect of Thor and Captain America sequels and Guardians of the Galaxy on the horizon, fans are still clamoring for more, more, more. The studio’s Phase Three is a giant question mark at the moment, with only one film firmly slated for release to kick off a new batch of superhero movies: Ant-Man.
Director/co-writer Edgar Wright recently talked a bit about the film and why it’s taken so long to come to fruition, revealing that production will finally get underway next year. Hit the jump to read on.
Ant-Man is currently set to hit theaters on November 6, 2015, but it was actually one of the first films that Marvel Studios announced way back when they started working on Iron Man. Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright has been attached to helm this whole time, having penned the script with Joe Cornish, but Wright tells EW that he actually made the decision himself to put the film off for so long:
“I actually made the choice to make Scott Pilgrim and The World’s End before this one. And Ant-Man is such a big special-effects film, it’s almost like the further it goes on, the easier it is to do, in a way. I feel more confident now, but I can’t talk about it too much because I get superstitious. I just feel like I don’t want to jinx it… I’ve learned a lot in the last five years, and now I’m ready to do something big and crazy. Or, I should say, small.”
The World’s End is, of course, the final film in Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost’s “Three Flavours” trilogy, and it’s set to hit theaters later this summer. Once Wright completes post-production on The World’s End, the plan is to move right into working on Ant-Man full time. Filming on the pic is slated to begin next year, but with The Avengers 2 set to begin production early next year in the UK, it’ll be interesting to see if Marvel initiates filming on both films simultaneously or if Ant-Man will wait until Avengers 2 is in the can. Either way, I absolutely cannot wait to see what Wright puts together for his first venture into the superhero realm.
If you missed our recent lengthy interview with Pegg about all things The World’s End, click here.